Debt Diva: A New Year, Healthier and Wealthier

Managing Debt

Debt Diva: A New Year, Healthier and Wealthier

Debt Diva: A New Year, Healthier and Wealthier

I am looking forward to this new year. By mid-year, I will not have any credit card debt. That will be the first time in 30 some years I will not have balances on cards. My only use of credit cards will be for regular expenses that I pay off monthly to keep the cards… Read More

Four Easy Credit Card Resolutions for 2012

Managing Debt

Four Easy Credit Card Resolutions for 2012

Four Easy Credit Card Resolutions for 2012

I used to be highly skeptical of New Year’s resolutions – mainly because I used to create such spectacularly hard-to-reach goals that I never made it past the second week of January before breaking one of them. But once I started making resolutions that were more realistic and had easy, reachable goals, I had some… Read More

In Surprise Move, Obama Appoints Consumer Protection Chief

Personal Finance

In Surprise Move, Obama Appoints Consumer Protection Chief

In Surprise Move, Obama Appoints Consumer Protection Chief

In a surprise move that ends months of speculation, President Obama appointed Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during a trip to Ohio today. The move comes as a recess appointment while the Senate is away on its winter break, which allows the president to bypass Senate Republicans who have blocked Cordray’s… Read More

The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

Personal Finance

The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

Welcome to the first annual “Most DisCREDITed Awards.” In a bad-economy year full of silly laws, mortgage miseries, political gaffes, Hatfield-McCoy feuding, credit downgrades, mysteriously rising prices, fee gouging of every description, and art-project political campaigns—whew(!)—I thought you might like a guide to help you to weed out the ridiculous from the truly tragic. So… Read More

Stop! That’s Money, Not Junk Mail

Personal Finance

Stop! That’s Money, Not Junk Mail

Stop! That’s Money, Not Junk Mail

Over 10 million checks are going out to credit card holders as the result of the Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation settlement that I last wrote about—get this, four years ago. These refund checks are being sent to credit card holders as a result of a class action lawsuit over the setting and disclosure of… Read More

Discardia: Not Anti-Stuff, Just Pro-Awesome

Personal Finance

Discardia: Not Anti-Stuff, Just Pro-Awesome

Discardia: Not Anti-Stuff, Just Pro-Awesome

Getting started with Discardia from Dinah Sanders on Vimeo. In 2002 Dinah Sanders started a personal holiday called Discardia. As she writes in her book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, her quarterly festival celebrates “unconsumption, the slow movement, downshifting, and voluntary simplicity.” In other words, it’s about getting rid of stuff so you can enjoy… Read More

Collaborative Consumption, Trust and the Evolution of Credit

Personal Finance

Collaborative Consumption, Trust and the Evolution of Credit

Collaborative Consumption, Trust and the Evolution of Credit

Jeremy Barton owns a nice Subaru Impreza, but he rarely drives it. As a co-founder of a tech startup in San Francisco, he usually just rides his bike to work. So when Barton heard of a new website called Relay Rides that lets regular people rent out their own cars, it sounded perfect. “Not only… Read More

Have a Chase ATM Card? Life is About to Get a Little Easier

Personal Finance

Have a Chase ATM Card? Life is About to Get a Little Easier

Have a Chase ATM Card? Life is About to Get a Little Easier

If you’re a Chase bank customer who somehow finds it difficult to locate any of the bank’s roughly 2 gadjillion ATMs, your life is about to get a little easier. The nation’s largest bank announced last week that will install 800 new ATMs at gas stations across California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state. About… Read More

Finally, A Housing Rebound?

Mortgages

Finally, A Housing Rebound?

Finally, A Housing Rebound?

Builders started construction on more new homes in November than they have during any month for almost two years, according to a new report by the Commerce Department, giving a much-needed ray of hope to the long-suffering housing market. Builders started construction at a seasonally-adjusted rate of 681,000 new homes, the report found, a 20-percent… Read More

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